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Annual Conference

Professional development for academic library directors and leaders

2020 TCAL Virtual Annual Conference | September 14

2020 Conference Agenda

Featured Speakers:  Dr. Steven Bell, Dr. Crystal Baird, and Daniel Williamson

  • Opening keynote: Dr. Steven Bell (photo above left) Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He will discuss “Change in VUCA Times: Leading a Change-Ready Library into the Future.” Bell will speak about “change readiness,” a set of practices where leaders influence staff to develop a new change mindset. The goal is for staff to accept that change is a constant, regular practice of the VUCA (volatile; uncertain; complex; ambiguous) environment in which we now exist.
  • Featured speaker: Dr. Crystal Baird (central photo)
    Dr. Baird will discuss accreditation. She is the Vice President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Prior to joining the Commission staff in 2010, Dr. Baird served in a variety of institutional roles, including associate dean of institutional effectiveness, planning, and research; director of library and IT services, chairperson of student services; and chairperson of library services.
  • Featured speaker: Daniel Williamson, Managing Director, OpenStax (photo above right) As managing director, Daniel Williamson leads the day-to-day operations of OpenStax, using his extensive experience in academic publishing to guide content development, technology integration, and overall project coordination. He’ll speak about Open Educational Resources (OER) for academic libraries. Under his leadership, OpenStax has grown to become one of the largest OER providers in the world, with nearly 80 employees and 25 interns, and annually serving over 3 million students at 60% of all degree-granting institutions in the United States.


2020 Conference Presentations

Change in VUCA Times: Leading a Change-Ready Library into the Future

Open Educational Resources in Texas: Opportunities and Challenges in the new 2020 Reality

The Role of Library Leaders in Accreditation Compliance



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Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

For contact information for each of our sponsors, click here.

Gold Sponsor: WT Cox Information Services


Silver Sponsors: Library Interiors, The Wall Street Journal, Wiley, EBSCO and GOBI


Bronze Sponsor: ProQuest


2019 Conference Presentations

SCELC Benefits for Texas Member Institutions

Texas Demographic Trends, Characteristics & Population Projections

University of California and Elsevier: Transformative Publishing Negotiations

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